French general testifies in genocide against the Tutsis hearing
For the first time since survivors filed a complaint in France in 2005, pointing out the role and even complicity of French troops and government in the genocide against the Tutsis perpetrated in 1994, a French general testified in a probe into the role of French forces.
General Jean-Claude Lafourcade, leader of the France’s-UN mandated Operation Turquoise, appeared as an “assisted witness” on January 12 and 14, 2016. He affirmed being “glad to finally have been able to testify as he has been asking to do for many years”.
Following the French government position, he refuted the accusations that French troops were there to assist the genocidal government and, among other, supplied arms to the Hutus extremists.
On the contrary, he insists on the fact that “it took some time for the reality of the genocide” to be understood by Operation Turquoise, that was short staffed.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan